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Role of AIRNow during Air Emergency Response. Prepared by: Timothy S. Dye, Alan C. Chan, and Stephanie A. Bratek AIRNow Data Management Center Sonoma Technology, Inc. Petaluma, CA. John E. White and Scott A. Jackson Environmental Protection Agency Research Triangle Park, NC. Presented to:

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Role of AIRNow during Air Emergency Response

Prepared by:

Timothy S. Dye, Alan C. Chan, and Stephanie A. Bratek

AIRNow Data Management Center

Sonoma Technology, Inc.

Petaluma, CA

John E. White and Scott A. Jackson

Environmental Protection Agency

Research Triangle Park, NC

Presented to:

California Air Response Planning Alliance Summit

Sacramento, CA

October 15, 2008

905501.05-3462


Outline

  • Overview of AIRNow

    • AIRNow Community

    • Data Flow

    • AIRNow Tools

  • Use of AIRNow during wildfires

  • Contact and Resources


Overview of AIRNow

  • AIRNow provides a common framework for acquiring and distributing air quality information

  • Foster community effort among Federal, State, Local and Tribal air quality agencies (120+)

  • Collect, quality assure, and transfer real-time and forecasted air quality information to the public

  • Communicate air quality via the Air Quality Index (AQI)

  • Issue weather/air quality news stories

  • Partner with national media

  • Provide air quality education and outreach


AIRNow Community


AIRNow Products


Data Flow


Data Flow – Other Data Sources


AIRNow Tools (1 of 5)

  • AIRNow.gov

    • Current ozone and PM2.5 maps

    • Air quality news stories

    • Archived air quality maps

    • Air quality forecast display

    • NOAA ozone forecast model


AIRNow Tools (2 of 5)

AIRNowGateway.org

  • An alternate way to access AIRNow data

  • Products include

    • text files with hourly and daily air quality values, forecasts, and location information

    • web service queries (XML) that can be viewed by various applications


AIRNow Tools (3 of 5)

Enviroflash.info

EPA’s free email system that automatically sends an AQI forecast notice to subscribers at health levels they select.

(more information on airnow.gov)


AIRNow Tools (4 of 5)

AIRShare.info

A resource for Air Quality Communicators to share outreach materials


AIRNow Tools (5 of 5)

AIRNowTech.org

  • Decision Support System: management and analysis tool for the AIRNow program

  • GIS functions - HYSPLIT trajectory tool, satellite and smoke products

  • Data queries, personalized tools, preferences, and services

  • Ability to view meteorological and air quality data

HMS smoke plumes with forward HYSPLIT trajectories


AIRNow-Tech


July 9, 2008 – Northern California

  • July 9th: 19 active fire complexes in N. California

  • July 8th: AQI for PM2.5 =161


July 9, 2008 11 a.m. PST

Hourly PM2.5 concentrations in µg/m³


July 9, 2008 11 a.m. PST

Hourly PM2.5 concentrations in µg/m³

= Mobile Monitors


July 9, 2008 11 a.m. PST

Hourly PM2.5 concentrations in µg/m³


Hourly PM2.5 (µg/m³) with active fires


24-hour backward trajectory at 300 m


12-hour forward trajectories at 300 m


24-hour forward trajectories at 300 m


July 10, 2008 11 a.m. PST

Hourly PM2.5 concentrations in µg/m³


Daily AQI July 3 – July 13,2008


Resources

  • AIRNow.gov – public resource

  • AIRNow-Tech.org – decision support system (password required)

  • AIRNowGateway.org – data resources, web services, etc.

  • AirShare.info – public outreach/education information


Contact and Resources

  • John White, [email protected]

  • Scott Jackson, [email protected]

  • Tim Dye, [email protected]

  • Alan Chan, [email protected]

  • AIRNow Data Management Center

  • [email protected]

  • 707-665-9900


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